We bought the house as a foreclosure, so it wasn't in the absolute best shape. Nothing awful, like vandalism by previous owners. It had just been treated a little rough, and some of the contractor-grade features hadn't held up so well. But for the price, the house--even with it's needed upgrades--was a steal. The best part was learning the ins and outs of DIY. We became homeowners not even knowing how to plunger a toilet. Seriously. Why learn when base housing maintenance does it for free???
In the last three years, loaded down with all our new DIY knowledge, our brains (and muscles) have grown by at least 3%.
Since we unpacked in July of 2009, we have (in the kitchen/breakfast room/dining room/laundry room)--bought a new oven and microwave (Installed ourselves. Hey, no laughing. It was quite an accomplishment!), replaced the laminate counters with Corian (including a new sink and faucet), spray painted the chipped "gold" cabinet pulls and the two light fixtures, removed wall paper trim, painted, changed out the blinds, moved an electric outlet from ground level to counter level, added a wall of shelves to our laundry room making it an additional pantry, added a tile back splash, and most recently...tiled the dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, and laundry room.
YAAAAY for upgrades! YAAAAAY for DIY!! YAAAAAY for no divorce attorney!!!
I'll shut up now, cuz I know you want to see the pix... I lied. I have one more thing to say. A warning: I said "done," not "clean." :-D
Oh, and forgive the order of the pix. Blogger was being an complete and utter behonkus and refused to let me drag them to where I wanted.
OK, NOW, I'll shut up. I think....
|Dining room BEFORE|
Yes, that's carpet. Nasty carpet.
|Laundry room AFTER|
|Dining room, AFTER|
|Laundry room BEFORE|
|Stove side of kitchen, AFTER|
|Stove side of kitchen, BEFORE|
Too bad you can't get the full effect of the pitted, stain, warped counter tops.
|Breakfast room BEFORE|
|Breakfast room AFTER|